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Tennessee workers weigh the costs of dangerous jobs

Even though many employers might not face citations for OSHA violation, there are many jobs that carry a heightened risk of serious injury or death for employees. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,500 to 6,500 fatal accidents occur at work every year. In a recent article, using statistics collected by the BLS indicate that, one writer suggests that workers employed in hazardous jobs seldom make a considerably higher pay rate than many other workers.

Both pilots and flight engineers make up a relatively smaller occupational group, yet the fatality rate in this job group is higher due to crashes and other causes. However, their pay rate is higher than average. Construction workers also face a higher risk of injury, but the median salary for a construction laborer is just a little over $35,000 every year. Truck drivers also have to face a lot of hazards on the road but receive a wage averaging between $27,530 and $40,940 annually.

While these statistics show that some jobs might be more dangerous than other jobs, workers in every occupation face some risk of injury. However, many employers are required to provide some form of compensation to employees that get hurt while on duty.

A worker who has suffered a workplace injury may be able to seek compensation through a workers' compensation claim. Those claims might provide benefits that cover a number of damages, including medical costs and lost wages. An attorney who is familiar with filing those claims on a victim's behalf might be able to help employees seek financial stability while they recover from injury.

Source: Wall St. Cheat Sheet, "Price of Risk: How Well Do the 5 Most Dangerous Jobs Pay?", Erika Rawes, June 28, 2014

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